Friday, June 07, 2013

Please make the Patriot Act go away

U.S. intel chief blasts leaks on web, phone use tracking - CBS News: "I'm angry, and I was the one that wrote the law. And I think that the Justice Department and the NSA have abused this by going to far," said Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wisc., who helped craft the Patriot Act.

I would just like to say to Rep. Sensenbrenner, what exactly did you think was going to happen?  Have you not read enough history to know where these things inevitably go?  The Patriot Act was, at best, naive.  At worst, it's an unfettered invasion of privacy reminiscent of Hitler's "Enabling Act" or the actions taken by Joseph McCarthy (Sen. R-Wisc) during the Second Red Scare.

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